Undergraduate Research Symposium 2020

On Wednesday 11th March 2020 the Visual Culture Research Group hosted an Undergraduate Research Symposium in which UWE students across Art & Design programmes were invited to present on their Visual Culture research. Students presented in two panels, ‘Materiality and Meanings’ and ‘Conflict, Ideology and Protest’ and these were followed by a Q&A session. The symposium was a great opportunity for students across levels to engage in interdisciplinary discussion around theory and practice.

Further to the symposium, there was an ‘Independent Research Project: What to expect’ Q&A session. Students were given the opportunity to ask the speakers about their experience undergoing the IRP research process and what to expect during the final year of undergraduate Visual Culture studies.

Panel 1: Materiality and Meanings


Rachel Craggs Alferoff
BA (Hons) Illustration

‘Making a meal of monstrosity in Delicious in Dungeon’

Tori Guilfoyle
BA (Hons) Drawing and Print

‘Antoni Tàpies use of specific waste materials and consideration of natural resources concerning wasteful consumption’

Josie Argyle
BA (Hons) Fine Art

‘Memory, Forgetting and Photography: Mnemonic Function in Gerhard Richter’s Atlas Project’

Helena Mrvovà-Vine
BA (Hons) Art and Visual Culture

‘Reframing Silence: a study of silence in Ann Hamilton’s Myein (1999) and Anne Carson’s translation of Fragments of Sappho: If Not, Winter (2003)’

Panel 1 Q&A

Panel 2: Conflict, Ideology and Protest


Levi Zerf Bainbridge
BA (Hons) Fine Art

‘From fascism to veganism: Locating the Christchurch shooter in the contemporary ideological landscape.’

Daisy Hills
BA (Hons) Fine Art

‘Wall is Over: The Impact of Lennon Walls on Protests Through History’

Milly Francis
BA (Hons) Fine Art

‘Cultural destruction in the Middle East: Antiquities trafficking, symbolic violence and post-conflict healing’

Panel 2 Q&A